What is it?
Interestingly, although the stylish four-door would appear to slot well into the compact executive category alongside the likes of the BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-class and Audi A4, it also looks quite unlike anything else currently available in that class. Picking a direct rival is hard, but perhaps the closest thing is Audi's A5 Sportback.
It's no volume seller for VW though, with 5600 units registered last year and around 8000 in 2012, when the model received a mid-life refresh. If you're looking for a more distinctive option, however, this could well be it.
This R-Line version was announced late last year. It sits above the older GT trim level, which means that along with the generous equipment already offered with that trim, R-Line CCs get a bespoke grille and bumper, new side skirts and special 18-inch alloys. Inside, there are plenty of R-Line logos dotted around, plus a new leather steering wheel.
It's generously equipped, too, with cruise control, stop-start, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a touchscreen navigation system and a DAB radio all included in the £31,685 list price.
Extra options on our car including an upgraded navigation unit, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and go and VW's Park Assist. These took the total price to just north of £35,000.